Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Undergraduate degree

Explore early childhood education curriculum theories and pedagogies, child development, health and wellbeing, professional studies as well as teaching and learning with the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Duration

3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

International students are required to study full-time to complete their course within the duration registered on CRICOS.

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

If you are inspired to teach young children, Deakin’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides you with the opportunity to explore early childhood education curriculum theories and pedagogies, child development, health and wellbeing, professional studies as well as teaching and learning in discipline areas of literary, mathematics, science and the arts. 

You’ll undertake professional placements through Deakin’s Professional Experience Program gaining both practical knowledge and skills to teach children aged birth to 5 years. Experience learning across a range of early childhood settings ensuring you graduate with the confidence and aptitude to meet the significant growth of the Australian early childhood education sector. 

Do you want to start your journey to becoming an Early Childhood educator? 

Fast-track your way to becoming an early childhood teacher with this three-year degree. You may additionally be eligible for an attractive scholarship offered by the Victorian Department of Education and Training for pre-service teachers enrolled in early childhood teaching courses.

Deakin maintains close links with the education sector to ensure our courses are developed and reviewed with professional input. You’ll be taught by experts who have teaching experience and who are recognised as leaders and innovators in their fields. This means you can be confident that what you learn with us will be relevant to your future teaching career.

The Professional Experience Program is a key part of every Deakin teaching student’s course experience. Working with more than 1400 early childhood centres and schools across Australia, we’ll arrange at least 80 days of placements for you in early childhood education and care settings where you’ll learn from experienced early childhood teachers.

Choose to study at our award-winning Cloud Campus and have the additional flexibility to balance work, life and study. Studying online is collaborative and engaging, while still allowing you to complete your studies when and where it suits you.

Additionally, the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides students with an approved pathway from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (previously Diploma of Children’s Services offered through TAFE. Eligible students may receive up to 8 credit points of recognition for prior learning towards their degree.

*This course is currently undergoing approval by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration in Victoria or interstate may be required to provide further information.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, students must complete 24 credit points comprising:

  • 24 credit points of core units;
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • A maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1
  • A minimum of 6 credit points at Level 3 or above

This course includes 80-days of supervised professional experience.

Year 1

  • Child Development 1
  • Curriculum 1: Pedagogies and Play
  • Contemporary Perspectives of Education
  • Creative Arts 1: Young Children and the Arts
  • Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning
  • Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition
  • Partnerships with Families and Communities
  • Professional Knowledge (0-2 Years)
  • Year 3

  • Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments
  • Supporting Emerging Mathematical Skills for Infants and Toddlers
  • Protective Education and Child Well-Being
  • Guiding Engaged, Resilient Learners
  • Creative Learning Through the Arts
  • Inquiry Into Science Curriculum
  • Inclusive Education for Young Children "
  • Supporting Children Making Transitions
  • Year 2

  • Mathematical Learning in the Early Years
  • Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning
  • Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children
  • Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood
  • Creative Arts 2: Music and Visual Arts
  • Understanding Early Reading Development
  • Professional Practice 2 (3-5 Years)
  • Australian Indigenous Education: Recognition, Relationships and Reconciliation
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510023 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    E333
    CRICOS code?
    102806B
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    The course is approved by the University pursuant to the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Note: New course commencing Trimester 1, 2021. This course is pending accreditation with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the NIKERI Institute.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing placements.

    International students are required to study full-time to complete their course within the duration registered on CRICOS.

    Mandatory student checks

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) prior to undertaking professional experience placements in education settings, as part of this course. Learn more about Working with Children Checks.

    Interstate applicants must check the requirements and meet all conditions for undertaking professional experience in schools for their state or territory before undertaking professional experience placements as part of this course.

    The Working with Children Check (WWCC) and a Police Check are different checks. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act) if you are doing child-related work and are not exempt, you must have a Check even if you already have a Police Check.

    The Police Check is not an assessment by a government agency. https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/organisations/victorian-teacher-information 

    Workload

    Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period for each credit point undertaking required teaching, learning and assessment activities.

    Participation requirements

    Professional Experience Placements are a compulsory component of the course and a requirement for registration as a graduate teacher. Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Students are required to check the placement calendars published on the Professional Experience Office website each year. Placement takes priority over employment and placement periods are generally block placements of 5 full time days per week over 2-5 weeks.

    Course delivery is blended and students are required to dedicate time to weekly engagement with located or cloud teaching and learning activities and resources. This is recommended at combined total 8-10 hours per week per unit including active learning/engagement either face to face or online, and independent study.

    Some units will require students to attend early childhood settings or institutions for site-based learning and teaching experiences. Some units will require students enrolled in cloud based learning to attend on campus activities.

    Work experience

    Successful Applicants are required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) prior to undertaking professional experience placements in education settings, as part of this course. For more information see: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ 

    Students will satisfactorily complete 80 days of professional experience placement in a wide range of education and care settings, as outlined below:

    Year 1: 5-days in infant and toddler education and care settings

    Year 2: 2 x 20 (40-days) in kindergarten settings

    Year 3: 20-days in infant and toddler education and care settings, 15-days in kindergarten or foundation (primary school) settings

    The School of Education Professional Experience Office makes all arrangements for students’ placements.

    For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on:

    • VCE Units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematic, or Units 3 and 4 of Mathematics (any)
    • a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

    • Full or partial completion of a Diploma of Education and Care (or equivalent)

    OR

    • Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent) e.g. Certificate IV level or higher

    OR

    • other evidence of ability to meet the academic demands of the course AND successful completion of STAT test or UNITest

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score (Band C) to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides an approved pathway from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education (Previously Diploma of Children’s Services) offered through TAFE.  Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education may receive 8 credit points of Recognition of Prior Learning, gaining entry into the course in the second year.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The Estimated tuition fee is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The Estimated tuition fee is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Pathways for credit are available for this course. Details of institutional credit agreements are published in the RPL database. International students can apply for packaged offers for some of these pathways.

    Applicants who have completed a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (or equivalent) are eligible to receive 8 Credit Points, gaining entry into the course in the second year.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    There is an increasing demand for qualified early childhood teachers, with the workforce set to double in the next 10-years. Graduates are qualified to work in early childhood settings as early childhood teachers, educational leaders, coordinators or advisers. Graduates may also find employment opportunities in:

    • policy
    • consultancy
    • NGOs
    • research or community-based organisations (e.g. museums, outdoor education, arts institutions, etc)
    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    This program will undergo approval by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration in Victoria or interstate may be required to provide further information. Applicants are advised to check the registration requirements in their state or territory, carefully.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Analyse and apply principles and practices relevant to curriculum, policy and regulations in early childhood and primary school education with in-depth knowledge and evaluation of theoretical underpinning.

    Communication

    Effectively evaluate and select communication skills (oral, written, digital and nonverbal) to professionally transmit knowledge and ideas with diverse individuals and groups (such as children, families, parents and caregivers, colleagues and other professionals, community organisations).

    Digital literacy

    Critically evaluate and apply a range of technologies to collect, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, generate and transmit information for the purposes of appropriate teaching and learning in a rapidly changing global environment.

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and evaluate contemporary issues, policies and research in educational and societal contexts to generate and transmit informed judgements to complex situations relating to teaching and learning.

    Problem solving

    Use analytical and practical skills to make well developed judgements, generate and transmit creative, innovative and authentic solutions to real-life and complex problems encountered when working with diverse individuals and groups (such as children, families, parents and caregivers, colleagues and other professionals, community organisations).

    Self-management

    Critically reflect on planning, problem-solving and decision making in teaching and learning contexts. Use initiative and autonomy to apply analytic knowledge and critical reflective skills to demonstrate responsibility for own learning and professional practice (and in collaboration with others).

    Teamwork

    Actively and collaboratively participate in learning communities, involving learners, families, community members, colleagues and the broader profession.

    Global citizenship

    Adapt and apply knowledge and skills that support the diversity of Australian society in the professional context. This includes influences of Indigenous and intercultural issues, family contexts, gender and disability on development, learning and teaching.

    Approved by Faculty Board 2020